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This announcement comes in addition to the real estate marketing changes we reported last week.

Notice about Pages and Files

To focus on improving the core functionality of Google Groups — mailing lists and forum discussions — we have decided to stop supporting the pages and files features. Even though we know discontinuing these features may inconvenience some of you in the short term, we believe that this move will improve your experience storing and sharing files as other products, such as Google Docs and Google Sites, are designed specifically for file storage and page creation. 

For example, you can create your pages on Google Sites and share the site with the members of your group. You can also store your files on the site by attaching files to pages on the site. If you’re just looking for a place to upload files so that your group members can download them, we suggest you try using Google Docs. You can upload files and share access with either a group or an individual, assigning either edit or download only access to the files. 

Starting in January 2011, Groups will no longer allow the creation or editing of files and pages; the content will only be available for viewing, and only existing files will be able to be downloaded. If you would like to keep the content currently on the pages and files sections of your group, we highly encourage you to export and migrate it to another product. In February 2011, we will turn off the pages and files features, and you will no longer be able to access that content. 

To make this move easier for you, we have enabled zip-download functionality to export all the pages and files from your group easily. You can access this tool by clicking “Download all pages” and “Download all files” feature on the pages and files homepages of your groups. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this announcement and for using Google Groups. 

The Google Groups Team

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Published in: on February 1, 2011 at 06:21  Leave a Comment  
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Google Drops real estate listings

Google drops real estate listings

Search giant cites low use, proliferation of search sites

By Inman News, Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

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Search giant Google will no longer support real estate listings uploaded to its classifed listings site on Google Maps, the company announced today.

Consumers will no longer be able to find for-sale, foreclosure, or rental properties through the search function on Google Maps, and real estate professionals will no longer be able to upload their listings to Google Base, the company’s classifieds site, which is being replaced by Google Shopping APIs and will not support real estate listings.

“In part due to low usage, the proliferation of excellent property-search tools on real estate websites, and the infrastructure challenge posed by the impending retirement of the Google Base API, we’ve decided to discontinue the real estate feature within Google Maps on February 10, 2011,” the company said in a blog post.

Home seekers can still use “Google search results to find helpful real estate information and websites” as well as view local businesses, directions and transit times through Google Maps and explore neighborhoods through Google Street View, the company added.

“This does not come as a surprise to me. Even with Google’s huge audience, it shows having listing data is clearly not enough to deliver a good real estate search experience and build audience,” said Pete Flint, CEO and co-founder of property search site Trulia.

The company added that Google’s removal of listings data will not affect its mobile application, which uses the Google Maps API.

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 07:16  Leave a Comment  
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